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ADL top in Arriva fleet order

Arriva UK Bus has this week announced a £40million order for 231 new buses for delivery over the next 12 months, with Alexander Dennis being the biggest supplier. The other main supplier is Wrightbus, which will deliver 97 Micro Hybrid StreetLites.

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ADL top in Arriva fleet order

Arriva UK Bus has this week announced a £40million order for 231 new buses for delivery over the next 12 months, with Alexander Dennis being the biggest supplier.

Wolmar attacks Borismaster costs

Would-be London mayoral candidate and transport author Christian Wolmar has attacked the cost of incumbent mayor Boris Johnson’s New Bus for London, saying that the extra cost of the Borismaster is approaching £7million a year, and will rise as more enter service.

Scots fund more green buses

The Scottish government is providing around £2million in funding for another 32 low-carbon buses in the fourth round of the Scottish Green Bus Fund.

Welsh cuts blamed for Brynmawr

Stagecoach South Wales has announced the closure of its Brynmawr depot in July in response to cuts in support from the Welsh government and by local authorities.

Battery-electric Optares for Glasgow

The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has ordered two Optare battery-electric buses for operation on the half-hourly service which links the city centre with the Riverside transport museum.

Stewarts expands with Woods of Leicester

Stewarts Coaches of Reading has acquired Woods Coaches of Leicester for an undisclosed sum.



Latest vehicle deliveries

Elite duo for Docherty’s Midland

Docherty’s Midland Coaches of Auchterarder has taken delivery of two new 12.

More open-tops join Golden Tours

London sightseeing operator Golden Tours has added ten new Volvo B9TL open-top buses with Egyptian MCV bodywork to its fleet.

Steel’s Coaches adds Euro 5 Leopard

Steel’s Coaches of Addingham has taken delivery of a new 12.

Ellisons takes Euro 6 Neoplans

Ellisons Travel of St Helens has put its first Euro 6 coach on the road, a Neoplan Tourliner.

Attain adds another Scania Irizar

Attain Travel of Birmingham has purchased another new Scania Irizar.

Sunsundeguis for Gibson Direct

Gibson Direct of Renfrew has taken delivery of three new Volvo B11Rs with Sunsundegui SC7 bodywork.



Product news

Book early for aircon servicing

As the summer holiday season beckons, operators are being urged to get their services in early by Grayson Thermal Systems, Thermo King’s sole approved distributor to the UK’s bus and coach sector.

New entrants for IRTE Skills Challenge

The IRTE Skills Challenge, which aims to find the best mechanical, electrical and bodywork technicians in the bus and coach world through testing skills and knowledge has attracted a number of new participants this year.

New Bridgestone all-position tyre

Low cost per kilometre and high safety throughout the tyre’s total lifecycle are among the benefits that Bridgestone claims for its new all-position U-AP 001 tyre.

M-ticketing being rolled out at First

First UK Bus is rolling out m-ticketing across its network during 2014 with customers in Aberdeen and Worcester being the first to benefit from the new payment option.

Voith makes further municipal conquest

Reading Buses is the latest municipal company to opt for Voith bus transmissions with the DIWA 824.

M-ticketing avoids search for exact fare

Lothian Buses reports that it has sold more than 100,000 m-tickets since launching its mobile ticketing and RTI app in November 2013.

Features

Satisfying the people who matter

England’s buses are getting better; that’s the headline from the latest survey of bus passengers by Passenger Focus, the respected passenger watchdog.

Applied technology

Rising concerns over urban air quality mean that pressure is increasing on bus operators in particular to clean up the emissions from their vehicles.

Getting ready for hydrogen buses

Aberdeen is about to become the fuel cell bus capital of the world.

Steering the operation

Bus and coach operators who were kept busy ensuring that all their drivers had got the necessary Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in the run-up to last September’s deadline for acquisition now need to start paying attention to another type of CPC.



People in the news

Award for Nodder

Mark Nodder, Wright Group managing director has been named Business Person of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Awards.

Woodford appointed to Stagecoach

Stagecoach Manchester has appointed GILLIAN WOODFORD as marketing manager.

New MD for Bournemouth

ANDREW SMITH has been promoted to managing director of Bournemouth Transport, the RATP subsidiary which trades as Yellow Buses.

Roberts departs Blackpool

TREVOR ROBERTS, managing director of Blackpool Transport since 2009, has left the company.

New managers at Damory Coaches

Go South Coast, the Go Ahead Group’s southern division of bus and coach companies, has new managers at its Damory Coaches business.

Pettigrew for Stockton depot

Stagecoach North East has a new operations manager at its Stockton depot.



Coach tourism news

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Two more towns win Coach Friendly status

Two towns have joined the select group of destinations to be awarded CPT’s Coach Friendly status, Devizes in Wiltshire and Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset.

Packed schedule of events for Arundel

Arundel Castle in West Sussex is one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England.

Northern Ireland’s ‘Gold Coast’

Known as the ‘Gold Coast’ of Northern Ireland, North Down is a thriving borough made up of bustling seaside towns and quaint picturesque villages.

History and gardens at Dunvegan Castle

No visit to the Isle of Skye would be complete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle and Gardens.

Stars line up for Chichester

The re-opening of the refurbished Chichester Festival Theatre this July is being marked with a major new production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus directed by Jonathan Church with Rupert Everett as Salieri.

New-look website launched by Door2Tour

Door2Tour has unveiled a new website featuring an expanded product range, improved search and booking capabilities.